A prominent Ijaw Leader in Rivers State and former Minister of Aviation, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas has commended the Bayelsa State Governor, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson’s execution of projects with direct impact on the lives of the people.
Specifically, the former Minister hailed Honourable Dickson for the establishment of the University of Africa, Toru Orua, among other critical projects.
Graham Douglas said that it was proper for a state like Bayelsa which he described the national habitat of the Ijaw people to have three good universities.
The elder statesman said that all the universities in Rivers State were cited in the upland leaving the riverine communities inhabited by the Ijaw people with none.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor of Bayelsa State on Media Relations p, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, stated that Graham-Douglas made the comment while playing host to Honourable Dickson in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Saturday,
The Bayelsa Governor had visited the four-time Minister to felicitate with him on the year.
Graham Douglas commended Honourabke Dickson for his exemplary leadership qualities for giving necessary attention to all other Ijaw people outside Bayelsa.
He said, “We also like you to Note that you are an indispensable factor in the life of the Ijaw people, and you have carried all of us along. You have been very generous and congratulations on some of projects you have carried out in our national habitat.
“I am looking forward to the day you will commission the University of Africa. There is nothing wrong in having three solid University in Bayelsa. In Rivers state, all the tertiary institutions are established on the upland.
“We are indeed grateful that in spite of your busy schedule, you have come to see the elders of Ijaw Nation resident in Rivers State,” he said
In his remarks, the Governor said that he was in Port Harcourt to pay a new new year visit to the elder statesman and other elders to felicitate with them on the new year.
He described Graham-Douglas as a leader of the people worthy of respect.